I am truly honored to have been the alumni board president the last 2 years. We started from a difficult spot with the school in crisis. But your staunch support in rallying around the law school and the terrific leadership of my predecessor Nancy Fineman '86 sent a strong message to the school, the faculty and the students that we care deeply. We built on that and the accomplishments that I’m most proud of are: (i) the successful recruitment of Dean Chemerinsky, (ii) formation of the Fundraising, Newly Admitted Student Outreach, Mentorship and Communications subcommittees of the board, aligning with the dean’s vision for where the board can add the most value, (iii) fostering a closer working partnership with the dean and the school administration, (iv) renewing the governance of the board and (v) helping to rejuvenate enthusiasm amongst board members and alumni about how each of us can help the law school.
As you may know, the law school re-entered the
top 10 again this year and is significantly improving our alumni giving participation (though we still have work to do to catch up to our peers like NYU, Virginia, Stanford, Columbia and Northwestern).
I am so excited to have Karen as the new president and to be helping her continue our great progress. Our school is at the leading edge and helping to transform the legal landscape, and our alumni board is a key part of this transformative work. Thank you all for your support and commitment to Berkeley Law. I look forward to continuing to work with you all in support of the school and making it a top 5 law school and to seeing you at Reunion!
John Kuo '88